And the story doesn’t end there; Manny’s Market Morwell has created its own local Circular Community by returning the fertiliser to Verduci Market Gardens, where some of Manny’s produce lines are grown, along with the fresh water produced during the dehydration process.
“This machine has endless possibilities. To be able to return the fertiliser to a grower and see the positive impact that it is having on his crops is fantastic.” Mr Askew said.
The initiative also earned Manny’s recognition as a finalist in the 2020 Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards. Food and Fibre Gippsland acting chief executive Nicola Watts applauded the collaboration between Manny’s Market Morwell and Verduci Market Gardens.
“Forty per cent of everything that is produced in Australia ends up as waste at some stage of the cycle, whether it be in the harvesting, processing, transport or consumption phase.” she said.
Such has been the popularity of John’s initiative and the demand for the nutrient-rich fertiliser, the next step for Manny’s is to expand the local Circular Community, collecting and supplying more outlets and substantially increasing the processing capacity with a larger enrich360 units.